Clyde E. Hunt - B-Flat Music Production

Trumpet player, composer, arranger, author, and teacher, Clyde E. Hunt joined the musicians union at age eleven, enabling him to become the youngest member of the Alliance City Band, Alliance, Ohio. On Flag Day, 1950, Hunt and another of William Best's prized cornet students, Eldon Kropf, performed H.L. Clarke's, "The Friendly Rivals", a cornet duet accompanied by the Alliance City Band. (See photos below).Hunt was a member and student conductor of: The Alliance High School Band, under the late Mr. Eric Duro, The Alliance High School Orchestra, under the late Mr. Vance O'donnell, and the high school dance band, "Swing Wings", under Mr. Frank Daly. (We hadn't yet heard of "Stage Band", or "Jazz Ensemble"). He was also a member of the All Ohio Boys Band (Ohio State Fair) in 1954 and 1955.While a freshman at Kent State University, the 18-year-old won the (extra - 4th) trumpet seat in the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron, Ohio. He then won the second trumpet position under Louis Lane c. 1961, and was a member of the Akron Symphony Brass Quintet, the Akron Civic Orchestra, and the Akron Goodyear Theater - positions he held until 1967, when he moved to the Washington D.C. area.In 1977 - Hunt began an almost weekly, Trumpet-in-Residency, at the Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes Episcopal Church at 12th and Massachussetts Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. Under Father Frederic Mizell's Rectorship, an annual Bach Festival was begun, a professional choir maintained, and an orchestra was employed for the High, Holy Days. Many of these live performances were recorded and may be heard at Saint Agnes classical Archives from this website. Hunt joined the soon-to-become highly acclaimed, Brooks Tegler's HOT JAZZ swing band in 1983, contributing many original compositions and transcriptions to the band repertoire, as well as his lead trumpet and jazz soloist abilities. The band has since appeared at the following festivals: Sacramento * Central Illinois * Denver * Madison * Illiana Jazz * Pike's Peak Jazz Society * Charleston, WV Jazz society * Manassas Jazz Festival * Potomac River Jazz Club * Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz * New Jersey Jazz Club * Swinging Hannover * Paderborn * Dusseldorf * Breda * S'Hertogenbosch * Apeldorn * Ghent/ Brugge, and more. Hunt was also a member of the STEVE JORDAN TRIO. The trio, consisting of the late "legendary" acoustic rhythm guitarist, Steve Jordan; vibraphonist, John Cocuzzi; and trumpeter Clyde Hunt, produced three CD recordings and a video with this unique instrumentation. Jazz Festivals
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